Negotiations For The Trans-Pacific Partnership Continue (Behind Closed Doors)
The beginning of March marked the 16th round of negotiations for the TPP agreement. The city hosting the event is Singapore, where delegates and private stockholders from 11 countries gathered to talk about the specifics of the partnership.
Back in August 2012, some of the copyright limitations and exceptions found within the TPP leaked on the internet, offering a glimpse on what the Pacific agreement envisions.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with other companies, manifested concerns regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as it apparently contains a chapter that will turn internet providers into copyright cops. Furthermore, the agreement could also impose harsher criminal and civil penalties for infringers, while also expanding protections for Digital Rights Management.
According to statements offered by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be ready this fall.
The secrecy surrounding the partnership is making it difficult to accurately underline what it prepairs, but the aforementioned leaks point to the fact that the United States could have been pressured into giving the green thumb for the exceptions and limitations. To make things even worse, the USTR expressed its support for harsher international IP standards, regardless of their effects.
„What makes TPP—and in fact any trade agreement that carries copyright provisions—dangerous for Internet users is that IP enforcement is only one issue out of many others that are being negotiated within these agreements. Therefore countries may trade away their sovereign ability to make copyright regulations in the future if other terms of the TPP are more appealing to particular powerful industries in their country,” the EFF notes.
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